Davante Adams‘ friendship with quarterback Derek Carr led to the duo teaming up in Las Vegas. It looks like Carr’s tenure with the Raiders has likely come to an end, but even with the change at quarterback, the wide receiver has made it clear that he’ll be staying put. Adams told Tashan Reed of The Athletic that while he’d appreciate some input regarding the QB decision, he’ll “absolutely” be sticking with the Raiders regardless of how things unfold.
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“I wouldn’t have ended up here if Derek [Carr] wasn’t here, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t be here in the event that he’s not here,” Adams told Reed (Twitter link).“… My dream was to play for this team before he was a Raider, obviously, [and] at this point I want to try to make this thing work.”
We heard earlier today that Adams was likely heading toward a second season in Las Vegas, mostly due to his contract. The wideout is under contract through the 2026 season, so the team would have plenty of leverage if the player suddenly asked out. Plus, as former NFL agent Joel Corry points out on Twitter, the Raiders did a salary conversion back in July that ultimately resulted in Adams earning $43MM during his first year in Vegas. Ownership would surely push back at paying that amount for only one season of production.
Plus, for what it’s worth, it sounds like the receiver trusts head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler to figure out the Raiders’ quarterback situation.
“Me, Josh and Ziegler, we’ve got a really good dynamic and it’s something that I really appreciate,” Adams told Reed. “I’ve mentioned it to them, as well. Obviously, they don’t have to do anything. I’m not a part of the front office, but obviously the reason why I came here. A step like this is obviously something that means a lot to me in my personal career and obviously what I’m trying to chase as far as the ultimate pursuit to get that ring.
“I’m not a guy that’s just going to come in here just saying anything. They know whether it’s about the scheme or if it’s about personnel, whatever it is, there’s a rhyme to the reason. I’m definitely going to have something behind whatever it is that I’m thinking or I’m saying. We’ve obviously got a good understanding for one another and that helps this whole process.”
Adams has been productive during his first season in Las Vegas, hauling in 95 catches for 1,443 yards and 14 touchdowns. He showed what he can do with a different quarterback under center during Week 17, as the receiver collected 153 receiving yards and two scores with Jarrett Stidham tossing him the ball.
16 comments on “WR Davante Adams Says He’s Sticking With Raiders”
What else was he going to do? Force the raiders to trade him? Lol
No one is going to take on that contract & if he doesn’t have a premier arm to throw to him, he will not be happy.
I don’t know how much cap space they have but my question is, can they afford a premier QB?
A backup QB got him 2 TD’s and 153 yards. He will be fine.
People forget he grew up a raider fan from cali. He posted the picture of him in a woodson jersey as a child the day of the trade. Woodson only played for two teams…..
Rodgers to the Raiders next year
Nice enjoy your 1 playoff appearance for the rest of your career
It’ll be Brady and Gronk next year, unless Payton coaches somewhere where Brady can come and start right away
It makes me happy to see his old team in a win and in game while he is out of the playoffs.
I may just be cynical & jaded but I think his stance will change if he’s not included in the choosing the next QB.
“Having input in front office decisions” is possibly the single biggest mistake NFL ownership has made collectively.
Just my opinion of course
This new NFL where the players dictate where they play while they’re still under contract is insane. You are there until 2026, you signed the contract when you saw the money. Deal with it.
So this man loved the Raiders so much that his dream was to just be a Raider? Regardless of whether they’re in Oakland or Vegas? Hmmmm
It’s all fun and games until he is traded to Chicago in the trade package that has the raiders jumping up to 2 for a QB.
Prediction: Raiders trade for Mac Jones
Maybe it is cognitive dissonance, but I though I heard him use a lot of wishy-washy phrases regarding his plans in his recent interviews, i.e., words like “at this time”, and “we’ll see how things go”.